It was another night of Knockouts on the Oct. 27 episode of ‘The Voice’! The artists who took the stage gave it their all, but Rihanna also put on an incredible display of dedication and effort in her role as advisor to all the contestants. Read our full recap here!
We might need Rihanna to take on some sort of permanent role on The Voice after all the help she offered in the Knockout Round this season! Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Pharrell all got help from the singer in advising their teams, and she truly went above and beyond while mentoring the artists. Find out what went down on the Oct. 27 episode here!
Korin Bukowski and Summer Schappel from Gwen’s team were the first two artists to take the stage, and they started the night off with a bang. Showing off her quirky personality as usual, Korin still managed to sound vulnerable in her rendition of “All I Want” by Kodaline, and it was totally amazing. But Summer gave her a run for her money when she performed Little Big Town’s “Little White Church,” which gave her a chance to show off her sassy side and still stick to her country roots. Gwen chose to take Korin onto the Live Shows, though, which meant Summer was sadly sent home.
Adam’s contestants Dustin Christensen, who he stole from Blake in the Battles, and Keith Semple were next to go head to head. Dustin’s song choice of “Free” by Zac Brown Band was total perfection, and he executed the performance perfectly. Even though country music may not be in RiRi’s wheelhouse, she offered some amazing advice to Dustin during his rehearsal time, giving him specifics about how to sing certain parts of the song and so much more.
Keith sang “I Wanna Know What Love Is” by Foreigner, and he could not have sounded better. Rihanna got on his case to make the song sound the best it could, and her help especially came in handy because she and Keith both have to deal with their respective accents when they’re singing. As Adam pointed out, the 27-year-old was super helpful when it came to “technique,” and it made the performances that much better. Ultimately, it was Keith who Adam chose to keep around, and Dustin was sent packing.
For the final pairing of the night, Pharrell chose his team members Darius Scott and Morgan Frazier to go up against one another. During rehearsal, Rihanna admitted to have a “great time” during her time on the show, but it wasn’t all fun, and she really made both singers work hard during their practice times. Darius chose to sing “On Broadway” by George Benson, and both Pharrell and Rihanna agreed it was an amazing decision. “Think of the note you’re getting to before you get there,” the “BBHM” singer advised, really picking things apart and breaking it down to the nitty gritty. All the advice paid off and Darius totally killed it!
Morgan, who’s the only country singer on Pharrell’s team, chose “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” by Eli Young Band, and compliments from her coach and advisor brought her to tears during rehearsal. It was all worth it, though, because she completely nailed it once it was time to take the stage, leaving the “Happy” singer with a difficult decision. Darius won the Knockout, but that may have just been a strategic move on Pharrell’s part to keep both singers around — because Blake had one Steal left, and it only made sense that he use it on a country singer! Interestingly, Morgan started out the show on Blake’s team, so she’s right back home now (Side note: the last time Blake stole back a singer he let go of was in Season 7…and that guy, Craig Wayne Boyd, wound up winning the whole thing).
The Voice continues with more Knockouts on Nov. 2, and we’ll, of course, be keeping up updated every step of the way. Each coach will bring five artists with them to the Live Playoffs, which kick off Nov. 9, and at that point, America will finally have a say in which contestants advance. Can’t wait!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Rihanna as an advisor? Do you think she should come to the show in a permanent role?
— Alyssa Norwin